The best assistance dog books 📚

Browse the best books on assistance dog as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Alice Eloise's Silver Linings: The Story of a Silly Service Dog

Alice Eloise's Silver Linings: The Story of a Silly Service Dog

By Sarah Kathryn Frey, Kit Laurence Nacua

Why this book?

Another uplifting, “pawsitive,” diversity-inclusive book based on a real-life service dog! This wonderful story reminds kids to look for the silver linings in life, believe in themselves, and never give up. Readers will cheer for Alice Eloise as she overcomes obstacles and works hard to become the perfect silly service dog for her girl. Author Sarah Katherine Frey has overcome numerous health obstacles in her life, yet she always looks for the silver lining. Help promote empathy and disability inclusion in readers by joining Frey and Alice Eloise “on their journey as they go on adventures with a smile and…

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The best children’s books about service dogs

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Book cover of Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

By Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes (, Scott Magoon

Why this book?

I love everything about this book! Loosely based on the partnership between Boston Marathon bombing victim Jessica and her real-life service dog, this story is heart-warming and inspirational. Rescue grew up expecting to become a Seeing Eye dog, but when it turns out he’s better suited to being a service dog, Rescue worries he won’t be able to do the job. Then one day, he meets Jessica, whose life has also been turned upside down. Rescue and Jessica work together to help each other find a way forward, one step at a time. This book belongs in every school and…

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The best children’s books about service dogs

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Book cover of Sago, A Very Special Service Dog

Sago, A Very Special Service Dog

By Beth Davis, Deborah Schilling

Why this book?

Diversity representation is a must in books for young readers, and Sago, A Very Special Service Dog, accomplishes this perfectly! Readers will meet Debbie, who is in a wheelchair, and her real-life service dog, Sago. A very sweet book to introduce young readers to these amazing dogs, the jobs they can do, and what to do when we encounter service dogs out and about in the world. 

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Book cover of Raising a Hero

Raising a Hero

By Laura Numeroff, Lynn Munsinger

Why this book?

From the #1 best-selling children’s author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give… series, this story follows Max the puppy as he learns to become a service dog. Max is being trained by Sam, a young boy who knows Max can do it – if only he’d figure out how to stay under the table and ignore those delicious-smelling fries! Follow these two as Max works to earn his service vest and become a hero for someone special. An excellent conversation starter about service dogs and what it takes to be a puppy raiser. 

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The best children’s books about service dogs

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Book cover of Our Service Dogs

Our Service Dogs

By Amber Diane Hill

Why this book?

Come meet a variety of service dogs and their superstar kids! This book introduces real-life service dog teams such as Kaylee and her dog Riley, Thunder the diabetes alert dog, and 6 other amazing fuzzy friends. The book also includes information on what to do when you meet a service dog in a store or anywhere in public. I love this book for many reasons (who wouldn’t love adorable kids and dogs!), but especially for the diversity and disability inclusion shown on every page.

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Book cover of Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel

Primal Force: A K-9 Rescue Novel

By D.D. Ayres

Why this book?

In this romantic suspense novel, it’s veterans who are disabled rather than the dogs. The book stars a woman who trains canines to be service dogs for former military members. I enjoyed learning about the training process and everything the dogs can do for the people they serve, including the attractive romantic hero featured in the story. D.D. Ayres’s books are very well researched, and the reader comes away with quite a bit of knowledge. I like books with that kind of take-away value. The story was also very engaging, with the characters facing difficult challenges but finding hope and…

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